COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After opening the 2018-19 campaign with victories, Colorado College and Miami each had two student-athletes earn Bauer NCHC Player of the Week accolades for the first week of the season. Garnering Bauer NCHC Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7, 2018 are CC senior forward Westin Michaud for Offensive Player of the Week, Miami senior blue liner River Rymsha for Defenseman of the Week, Colorado College freshman forward Grant Cruikshank for Rookie of the Week and Miami junior Ryan Larkin for Goaltender of the Week.
This is Larkin’s second career NCHC Goaltender of Week award and third career NCHC weekly honor, while it is the first NCHC weekly award for Michaud, Rymsha and Cruikshank.
Westin Michaud, Colorado College
Michaud led the Tigers to a season-opening win at Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, posting four points in the 10-2 victory. He scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists, as the Tigers scored 10 goals in a game for the first time since Nov. 30, 2002. Michaud also finished a career-high +5 in the contest and scored on his only two shots on goal in the game. Three of Michaud’s four points came in the first period, assisting on the go-ahead goal to break a 1-1 tie, while scoring twice in a span of 3:14, with his first goal the game-winner. He finished the series with four points and a +4 plus/minus.
River Rymsha, Miami
Huntington Woods, Mich.
In his first weekend as a RedHawk, graduate transfer River Rymsha shined bright on the ice. The Dartmouth graduate earned a secondary assist on Miami's first goal of the season in a 5-1 season-opening win Saturday night. In the victory, he helped MU hold Alabama Huntsville to one goal on 18 shots, while killing a pair of power plays. Sunday Rymsha earned First Star of the Game, one-timing a shot home in the second period to break a scoreless tie for his first goal as a RedHawk, which turned out to be the game-winner. He also assisted on Miami's second tally of the night, while helping shut out the Chargers on just 11 shots and finishing +3 in a 4-0 win. Rymsha's three-point weekend matches his season stat line from his final season at Dartmouth (28 games), while he put six shots on goal, was +3 and led a penalty kill that went 5-for-5 in the series.
Grant Cruikshank, Colorado College
Cruikshank started his college career strong, tallying three points in CC’s split series at Alaska Anchorage. In the season opener, the freshman notched two points in his first game, both in the second period of a 10-2 victory. He had the lone assist on a short-handed goal to make it 5-1, while his first collegiate goal upped the score to 8-1. Cruikshank also posted a +3 plus/minus in the win and put two shots on goal. The next night, he dished out another primary assist on a power play goal that put CC in front 3-2 in an eventual 4-3 defeat. Cruikshank finished his first weekend with a goal, two assists and two shots on goal.
Ryan Larkin, Miami
In his only action of the weekend, Larkin turned aside all 11 shots he faced on Sunday in a 4-0 blanking of Alabama Huntsville, to complete a series sweep for Miami. It was his third career shutout, as he helped the Red & White get off to their first 2-0 start since 2013-14. Larkin was one of just three NCAA goaltenders, and the only in the NCHC, to record a 1.000 save percentage on opening weekend.
Offensive Player of the Week
Karch Bachman, Jr., F, Miami – Tallied two goals, one each night, including the game-winner Saturday, and added an assist for a three-point weekend in a sweep of UAH.
Defenseman of the Week
Andrew Farny, Sr., D, CC – Dished out an assist both nights at UAA, while posting a career-high +4 plus/minus and blocking two shots in Saturday’s win.
Rookie of the Week
Derek Daschke, Fr., D, Miami – Notched his first two collegiate points in Saturday’s win over UAH with a goal and an assist, and finished +4 in the sweep.
Goaltender of the Week
Alex Leclerc, Jr., G, CC – Played the first two periods in CC’s win Saturday at UAA, making 19 saves on 20 shots faced (.950 save percentage) before giving way to a back-up after staking the Tigers to an 8-1 lead.